ZVISHAVANE – Shabanie Mine’s odds-defying start to the 2017 Castle Lager Premiership season has been rewarded after two of their players were included in the Warriors squad for the Cosafa Castle Cup.
Popularly known as Bvaru Bvaru or Chinda Boys, Shabannie Mine’s technical manager Taku Shariwa said the whole squad, which has been punching above its weight, was elated with the call-up of captain and central defender Nyasha Mpofu and attacking midfielder Collins Dhuwa.
“We feel very excited! Everyone is ecstatic because the project is bearing fruit. We always believed in the talent the youngsters possess,” Shariwa told the Daily News.
“It’s not a fluke that they got chosen. Technically they are gifted and are an inspiration to others. The sky is the limit but they need to stay grounded and focused.”
Mpofu, who helped the club win promotion from the Central Division One league last season, said the Warriors call-up was his long-time dream.
“I’m humbled by this recognition and I have been praying for this opportunity,” he said.
Veteran defender William Mapfumo said he was happy for his two teammates and expects them to make an impact with the Warriors.
“We are very pleased as a family. We are all here playing for each other and we help each other develop as professional footballers,” Mapfumo said.
“We hope more of us will get other opportunities as we continue to work hard and support each other.”
Already the asbestos miners have been a revelation since their promotion into the top flight with some great performances this season.
Shabanie drew with defending champions CAPS United in their first game of the season before travelling to Bulawayo where they beat Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium.
Bvaru Bvaru has also managed draws with Harare giants Dynamos and against fellow Zvishavane side FC Platinum.
Takesure Chiragwi’s side are currently in 10th place on the log with 15 points from 14 matches.
Meanwhile, Mpofu and Duhwa were not seected in the final traveling party for the tournament.